Cognitive Analytic Training in New Zealand

CAT development opportunities available in

New Zealand

Education and workshops are run in New Zealand. There is also an ability to take part in an accreditation process. Supervision is offered individually.


nzCAT organises topic based seminar days which occur throughout the calendar year.  Local and international speakers present on topics such as CAT and culture; Complex Presentations of Personality; Working with Endings in Cognitive Analytic Therapy; and Working with eating issues: a Cognitive Analytic Perspective.  nzCAT has a database of CAT interested professionals and information about upcoming trainings is sent directly to those on the database as well as being posted on the website.  Contact Vicki Bostock on if you would like your details entered into the database.

CAT Skills Training Days

We also offer CAT skills training days. The two day “Introduction to CAT” workshop is run by an approved presenter and can be held anywhere in the country where there are CAT interested mental health professionals (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors, mental health nursing staff). Completion of this training is a pre-requisite for those wishing to gain accreditation as a CAT practitioner.

Accreditation as a CAT Practitioner

Accreditation as a CAT practitioner requires completion of supervised practice, theory hours, personal therapy, and written assignments (essays and case studies).  Practitioners are accredited through ANZACAT (the Australian and New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy), and this accreditation is recognised internationally. In New Zealand we offer practitioner training on a part time basis, using a distance learning model which incorporates both face to face training and training delivered via the internet. The course handbook can be seen below under ‘Helpful Documents’. Intake into the practitioner training requires application and occur when there are sufficient trainee numbers and lecturer availability. Please contact any member of the course team as listed in the handbook if you are interested. Contact Louise Smith on for any queries regarding Part 2 of the Accreditation training. Contact Emma Bosworth on for any queries regarding Part 1 of the Accreditation training.

Upcoming Training Dates in New Zealand

  • 2022 CAT Practitioner Training

We are excited to let you know that next year, commencing February 2022, we will be running a further CAT Practitioner training. We are now accepting applications for the programme, with the deadline for application being 3rd December. The flyer is attached along with the application form. 

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

  • Introduction to CAT Thursday 28th – Friday 29th October 2021

Dear International CAT colleagues and friends 

8am-10.30am Wednesday 20th October – Zoom Webinar 

Come and join us for this initial webinar to bring cognitive analytic therapy colleagues and others around the world to map our relationships with the climate crisis and its impact on public and mental health.

More details and booking

The climate crisis remains a major threat to global public health and mental health. In this workshop, a CAT informed approach will be used to consider our own relational experiences towards the climate crisis as well as exploring more and less adaptive responses on a personal and societal level. Follow this link for more details. The facilitators will share their personal experiences of climate concern and climate activism. In addition, there will be opportunity for participants to map and discuss their own relational experiences and to explore and share exits that can support ourselves, our organisations and broader society to address this existential threat to our planet.

To book a place

Training in Australia

Our CAT colleagues across the ditch also have some great training opportunities and would encourage New Zealanders to come across.

Helpful Documents

These are documents produced by the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association that contain our guidelines and constitutions that we follow. The ICATA Website can be found at

CAT Constitution

Training Guidelines

Ethical Guidelines

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